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This site is for those who have suffered nursing home abuse or have loved ones that have suffered due to negligence in nursing homes.


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History of Nursing Home Regulations

In 1965 Medicare and Medicaid came into existence and with it came federal regulation of nursing homes. Nursing homes that qualify and voluntarily elect Medicare and Medicaid to their facility must follow a set of guidelines put forth by federal standards.

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Nursing Home Reform Act

The nursing home facilities that receive federal funds are required to comply with the Nursing Home Reform Act.

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How to Choose a Nursing Home

When choosing a nursing home it is a good idea to allow your loved one to have a large role in deciding which nursing home facility will best suit their needs. If possible, picking a nursing home that is located near family and friends will allow visitations to be more frequent.

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Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse has become a nationwide focus as reports continue to expose the high number of nursing home abuse incidences. Recent investigations consistently show the decline in quality long-term elder care. Nursing home abuse was found to occur in 1 in 3 nursing homes in 2001, and according to the Senate Committee on Aging, nursing home abuse has increased 20% from last year. An 18-month investigation performed by the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, indicated that about 20% of all U.S. nursing home abuse cases, both sexual and physical, were not reported to local law enforcement officials.

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Most cases of nursing home abuse have been attributed to understaffing. A study found that 90% of nursing homes across the country are not adequately staffed to provide basic services and needs. To solve this staffing problem federal reports have concluded it will cost $7.6 billion.
Nursing Home Abuse Supoort Group has been created to inform families of the growing problem of nursing home abuse that will affect the majority of people at one point in their lives. Every 7.6 seconds a baby boomer turns fifty, and by the middle of the century seniors are going to outnumber young people for the first time in history. There are an estimated 5 million nursing homes expected to be in operation thirty years from now, and the challenges our nation faces to make drastic changes in the way our long term elder care operates will only grow larger if immediate action is not implemented. If you or a family member has endured the painful experience of nursing home abuse contact us.

Signs Nursing Home Abuse May Be Present

  1. Unexplained bruises, cuts, burns, sprains, or fractures in various stages of healing
  2. Bedsores or frozen joints
  3. Unexplained venereal disease or genital infections; vaginal or anal bleeding; torn, stained, or bloody underclothing
  4. Sudden changes in behavior
  5. Staff refusing to allow visitors to see resident or delays in allowing visitors to see resident
  6. Staff not allowing resident to be alone with visitor
  7. Resident being kept in an over-medicated state
  8. Loss of resident's possessions
  9. Sudden large withdrawals from bank accounts or changes in banking practices
  10. Abrupt changes in will or other financial documents
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Nursing Home Abuse Recent News Stories

October 19, 2003, BREAKING NEWS!!
Nursing home abuse owner criminal prosecution appears to be on the rise

Federal official believe inadequate staffing is the biggest cause of nursing home abuse neglect in facilities. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that 9 out of 10 nursing homes employ too few workers to provide adequate care, and over 40% of all homes need to increase their nurse aide staff by at least 50%.

Congress is considering legislation that would establish federal criminal penalties for nursing home abuse and neglect. If convicted, it could result in prison terms for individuals, in addition to corporate fines of up to $3 million. The nursing home abuse and neglect bill would also require the homes immediately report any reasonable suspicion of a crime to law enforcement officials. Read Full Article....

June 9, 2003 BREAKING NEWS!!
"Nursing home location determines likelihood of abuse"

A Gannett News Service (GNS) investigation on the nation’s nursing homes has concluded that depending on what areas of the nation is very dependent on the type of care that the elders can expect to receive. Most instances of the most severe nursing home abuse reports over the past four years have occurred in about 12 concentrated states. In addition, the for-profit nursing homes were found to have more instances of nursing home abuse occurrences than nonprofit and government nursing homes.

The GNS findings have come from four-months of investigation, including interviewing and analysis of four years worth of federal data on 16,000 of the nation’s nursing homes. Based on the findings, the nation’s solution for putting an end to the nursing home abuse reports holding 1.5 million elders will not come easily. Individual states and the nation as a whole are currently trying to pass new bills that will better ensure nursing home abuse come to an end.

Consumer advocates have stated that the GNS results are not surprising. Repeat violations of nursing home abuse has been a contributing factor to the high nursing home abuse incidence, and despite new quality and information efforts supplemented by years of legislation and regulation to protect residents, far too many people are being adversely affected by nursing home abuse. The 12 states that were found to have the highest number of severe and repeated violations from 1999-2003 include:

  • Texas nursing home abuse
  • Illinois nursing home abuse
  • Arkansas nursing home abuse
  • Washington nursing home abuse
  • New Jersey nursing home abuse
  • Kansas nursing home abuse
  • Missouri nursing home abuse
  • Indiana nursing home abuse
  • Oklahoma nursing home abuse
  • North Carolina nursing home abuse
  • Mississippi nursing home abuse
  • Tennessee nursing home abuse

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Nursing Home
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News Stories

March 15, 2002
According to the Senate committee on aging, nursing home abuse is up 20% from last year. Instances of nursing home abuse can include neglect, as a Michigan nursing home resident died after wandering off outside and froze to death.

(MSNBC)
March 7, 2002
The use of ‘granny cams’, video surveillance cameras that families use to watch over their loved ones in nursing homes, are receiving the attention of lawmakers. At a time when incidents of nursing home abuse is on the rise a ‘granny cam’ could help eliminate abuse and neglect if nursing home staff knows they are constantly being watched. While the ‘granny cams’ seem to have the support of families, the nursing home industry does not support enacting a new bill to allow them. The nursing home facilities claim it is added stress on the workers, as well as driving up liability insurance premiums.

(Wall Street Journal)